Trickster’s Point – A Cork O’Connor Mystery Book 12

Trickster’s Point is the 12th novel in the Cork O’Connor series by William Kent Krueger.

The novel won many awards including the Anthony Award for best novel. This 12th installment deals with Cork being framed in the murder of the elected Native American governor of Minnesota, Jubal Little. As Cork fights to clear his name, he uncovers facts from his past that hold the key to the true killer’s identity.

Here are the top 3 reviews and comments that readers love about this fascinating book.

Review 1: Trickster’s Point – A Cork O’Connor Mystery Book 12 by Carole T.

I’m Just Saying…

Although I enjoyed this book in general, I believe that William Kent Krueger has committed a real author’s no-no here. Regular fans of this series (and I am definitely one) will wonder why, if Cork O’Connor has been such a close friend of his Congressman for all these years, he didn’t call on him to help when his wife Jo was missing – when he was so desperately looking for anyone who could exert influence in finding a missing airplane.
Why is such a prominent man who was evidently a big part of Cork’s youth (and a continuing hunting buddy) a totally new character to us in the 12th book?

This glaring problem aside, “Trickster’s Point” is a pretty solid entry in the series. It lacks the blazing action that has opened the last few O’Connor adventures, but the mystery here is an intriguing one. Although I believe most of us will have the who-done-it figured out before the reveal, it’s still a riveting story. Cork’s strong family values are still front and center, and he continues to present Ojibwe characters and culture in interesting ways. The narrator is terrific.

Review 2: Trickster’s Point – A Cork O’Connor Mystery Book 12 by DragonflyArts

loved it, but…

What made the experience of listening to Trickster’s Point the most enjoyable?

I love WKK and this series. But…it took some getting used to David Chandler in the beginning with the first few books. Then as soon as I’ve come to terms with him, Buck Schirmer is thrown in there and changing the pronunciations of the Ojibwe words. Then David comes back and more changes in pronunciations! Is Henry Meloux pronounced melloo or mello (long o sound)? Is he a Mide with a short I sound or long I sound as David Chandler re-pronounces it in the book Chapter 1? If I were narrating this book, I would feel compelled to contact a member of the Ojibwe tribe and get the correct pronunciations before committing text to tape. Just saying.

Did David Chandler do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

See comments above.

Review 3: Trickster’s Point – A Cork O’Connor Mystery Book 12 by Kathleen

The Cork O’connor books never disappoint. This is

This is the 12th in the Cork O’Connor series. Cork goes hunting with a former friend of his four days before the election which might bring him the governorship of Minnesota, the first NativeAmerican governor. But while they are hunting on the most dangerous spot, Trickster’s Point, Cork comes upon his friend with an arrow shot to his heart. His friend asks him not to go for help but to stay with him, so he sits with his friend for three hours while he is dying. Because he didn’t try to go for help in that three-hour time, and because the arrow that was shot into his friend is made exactly the way he makes his own arrows, Cork is the prime suspect for the murder. So, in order to make sure he isn’t arrested for the crime, and because this man was a friend from his past, he begins his own investigation to find the murderer. These books just keep getting better. It will be one of my top mysteries of the year with many twists and turns and surprises, and a visit with his friend, Henry, the medicine man. Very good.



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